Bibi's Test this Wednesday

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House ( and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives ( He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....


This Wednesday is the first test for Prime Minister Netanyahu and the Israeli Government after the hostile, Obama-supported UN Security Council resolution on "settlements" passed last week. The Jerusalem Planning Committee will be meeting that day. Discussion and possible approval of numerous building projects in neighborhoods over the "green line" in Jerusalem are on the agenda.  These projects include thousands of apartments in places like Gilo, Pisgat Ze'ev, Ramot and Ramat Shlomo. However, the only one that really matters is Givat HaMatos. 

Its virtually certain that at least some of the projects will be approved. And its relativel safe to assume  that the left and the international community will howl and whine in response. But anyone being honest knows that more apartments, even thousands, in Gilo and Ramat Shlomo have very little political siginificance. Givat HaMatos is different. Its a brand new Jewish neighborhood in a strategic location - between Jerusalem and Beit Lechem (Bethlehem). According to our enemies at Peace Now

"The new neighborhood...cuts the territorial continuity between the Palestinian (sic) neighborhoods in South Jerusalem (Beit Safafa and Shurafat) and the future Palestinian state (SICK!!!). Without such territorial continuity, it is impossible to reach a two state solution".

Whether or not this is true, remains to be seen, but now is the time for real action and not just tough talk. Bibi has claimed that he won't turn the other cheek. Approving  and beginning to build Givat HaMatos is a solid first punch back of many more that need to come. 

Happy Hanukah,

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem